Head of Physical Education: Mr Thornalley


“Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and intellectual activity.”


John F. Kennedy

Departmental Aims


Within the PE department we encourage lifelong involvement in sport and healthy activity at any level to promote the long-term health, mental health and social benefits that exist. Our constant aim at JSTC is to promote the many varied benefits of Sport for all and to educate students about how playing, competing or participating in any form of Physical activity can have a positive impact on a young person's life-indeed a whole life.


Among other things, we want students to enjoy sports, to compete, to earn to win and to accept defeat, to work as a team, to respond as an individual, to aspire to improve, to lead others, to take advice, to join teams, to encourage others, to understand personal health both Physical and mental and to take responsibility for their own fitness and wellbeing. Most of all to have fun!


Our intent is to provide opportunities for students to become active, remain active and become involved in sport for the longer term. To take what has been taught in lessons and for students to continue to use the knowledge gained outside of school therefore developing the long-term commitment to Sport and exercise.


We believe that Physical Education has many benefits, including:


  • Improved physical fitness.


  • Skill and motor skills development.


  • Provides regular, physical activity.


  • Teaches self discipline.


  • Facilitates development of student responsibility for health and fitness.


  • Influence moral development, leadership, cooperate with others.


  • Enhances working together, solving problems and develops wide ranging social skills.


During Key Stage 3 students at JSTC study a wide range of activities in the 3 lessons of PE they receive each week.  Students are encouraged to build upon the knowledge, skills and understanding they have gained during Key Stage 2, becoming more competent and confident in their techniques.


Students are taught to use a range of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents within competitive situations in both team and individual activities. Students also gain an understanding of body systems and the short and long term effects of exercise, along with the benefits of a healthy, active lifestyle.

During Key Stage 4 students receive 2 lessons of PE each week and follow a broadly similar curriculum to that followed during Key Stage 3, however students will tackle more demanding and complex concepts in order to help them achieve their full potential.  A key focus is on encouraging students to pursue a healthy and active lifestyle and instilling the concept of life-long activity as students prepare to leave JSTC.


JSTC benefits from an enviable range of facilities, including a 4 badminton court sports hall, fitness suite, swimming pool, astro turf and playing fields.


Activities covered within the PE curriculum include:











Health Related Fitness




Rugby Union


Table tennis




Physical Education

Events Calendar

John Spendluffe Technology College

Hanby Lane


LN13 9BL